Sunday, February 27, 2011


Works Cited
Cotterell, Arthur. Ancient China. N.p.: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, Incorporated, 2005. Print.
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Social Class

During the Yuan Dynasty Social Class was very important and enforced. The order of Social Class, people with certain jobs where considered lower class such as physicians astronomers, military forces, engineers, musicians. These jobs were considered lower payed jobs, because no one wanted to hire anyone in these careers because the only way you could have money and be considered high class was if you worked for the government. Which made these jobs seem lower payed jobs, and surprisingly some of the careers considered lower class are now considered very well payed jobs. It was clear to the Chinese that the Mongolians favored other foreigners then having a Chinese person in a good  upper class, because of the fear of the Chinese people gaining to much power which encouraged the Mongols to hire foreigners to work as government officials and such.
                   Upper Class =            MONGOLS                                     

                   Middle Class =         FOREIGNERS AND MISCELLANEOUS

                 Lower Class=         ARCHITECTS, PHYSICIANS, MILITARY FORCE 

Invention Of The Magnetic Compass

 Yuan Dynasty magnetic compass above

One of the biggest inventions during the Yuan Dynasty was the magnetic compass. It was made out of two parts a metal spoon and a magnetic land stone with a bronze square plate at the bottom. This was one of the most important inventions in China because this helped anybody and everybody get around, so they knew in what direction they were going in. This compass works the same way as all other compasses, the spoon is attracted to the magnetic force inside the earth (the north pole), therefore the spoon would face north and travelers knew where they were headed. Once travelers from the Yuan Dynasty went on voyages and visted other nations, they showed other nations they’re creation the compass, the compass became more popular and later renovated into more modern versions used today.

 Modern compass above


During the Yuan Dynasty, they had a variety of different religions, surprisingly no one was forced to follow a specific religion. But they did favor other religions more than others, for example Mongols had a special alliance with Muslims, Muslims would take job positions that regular Chinese people wouldn’t be able to work  for. Also the Mongols didn’t agree with the Buddhist religion they believed, the way Buddhist practiced religion was not the “true” way to practice a religion. Another two religions that often bumped heads were the Confucians and the Neo-Confucians. These two religions often were practiced in opposite sides of the nation, Because they had two very different and opposite ways of seeing things and avoided contact in order, to keep peace in their nation.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Interview with Kublai Khan

Reporter: what made you want to become emperor ?

Kublai Khan: Seeing my brother being such a strong believer/ follower of Geghis Khan, made me want to follow him and his powerful way, of leading people.

Reporter: Why do you want a confucian government?

Kublai khan: I want a confucian government, because this gives our nation an opportunity to comprise with other nations, as well as out children have more of a calm equal chance of education, they no longer have to have the pressure to out shine their peers.

Reporter: How do you plan to conquer land if you’re running a confusious government?

Kublai Khan: I plan to come up with a comprise with other nations or slowly buy or trade land. But I do not plan to have wars over land unless absolutely necessary.

Reporter: Why do you want to conquer the Yangzi River?

Kublai Khan: I would like to conquer the Yangzi River to gain more trade routes and opportunities of transportation as well as this would give us an opportunity for irrigation to take place, giving us a chance to better our economy.

Reporter: Why did you change the capital?

Kublai Khan: I changed the capital because where the capital is located now we have a faster connection to travel and trade with other nations. Where the old capital it would take longer to get connection with other nations and it would take us longer to get to water borders in case of an emergency.

check list for blog

                                 Piece of Project
I finished it !
Research Packet- I have completed the research packet with enough information to use in your blog. The information is cited correctly and the information has been put into your own words

Front Page News Story- I have followed the style to write a front page news article. My article is interesting to the reader and gives plenty of information about the subject and is a complete news story. There Is no missing information

Opinion/ Editorial- I have formatted a persuasive paragraphy into an opinion paragraph. The opinion paragraph does not use 1st or 2nd person. The opinion paragraph is supported by facts from the dynasty

Map- I have downloaded a picture of a map of my dynasty. The map outlines the dynasty as well as the current borders of china. I have included a description of the map of how the borders changed from the previous dynasty or different later dynastys.

Interview with a "Famous" person from your dynasty- The interview has a series of five DEEP questions. The answers are specific, informative, and genuine. The information is TRUE, not made up.

Inventions- A specific invention or innovations is discussed in paragraph form. You include a picture of the invention and the impact the invention had on daily life in your dynasty. You stress the importance of the invention.

Religion/ Culture- You identify the major religion or philosophy of the dynasty. You include specific details about the religion. You stress the importance of the religion to the daily life of your dynasty

Additional option- Major events, Culture, or Geographical Features- You have discussed one of the options above. This paragraph should be written to inform the reader about a specific aspect of your dynasty. Focus on information found "outside" of class.

Bibliography- you have included a "Noodle tools" page to cite all of your sources. You have used your own words not plagiarized any of the information

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Kublai khan new emperor and plans

Today Kublai Khan has been pronounced emperor. His crowning took place in his new palace. He has been pronounced greatest descendant of Genghis Khan. Before he became emperor he the governor of northern China, while relying on the advice of the Confucian scholars, now today he has become emperor.

He named his dynasty the Yuan dynasty because it appeared in the The Book Of Changes written by a Confucian scholars. Kublai hopes that his followers see that he is wanting to learn their culture to help them have a better safer nation. His 1st declared business as emperor is to change the capital from Karakorum to a site near the ruins of Jin capital, the new city is going to be known as Dadu meaning new capital. He plans to make it the most luxurious city, he plans to have nine streets going east and west and residential areas split into 50 neighborhoods called Fangs. In the city area will be a relaxed peaceful garden filled with ponds exotic fish and natures beauty. In the middle of this beautiful park will be Kublai palace more then 4,000 rooms his palace will also include 12 entering gates.

Kublai number one goal as emperor is to take over the richest part of China the Yangzi River Valley. But fighting over land is not going to be an easy task especially with trying to enforce a confusansim government. He hopes to take over the Yangzi river valley to have more means of not only transportation but to have more trade routes and have the Yuan dynasty known to foreigners. Taking over the Yangzi River Valley will not only help people economical situation and have less starving families but it will help get the name of the Yuan Dynasty out to the rest of the world and opportunities to make alliances with other countries.